Wednesday Words: The Librarian by David Bankson

Wednesday Words: The Librarian by David Bankson
June 6, 2018 No Comments » Poetry, Storytime Kat Avila

Our poem today, The Librarian, comes from David Bankson. It’s easy to see why he’s heralded as a great poet.

David Bankson

David is a full-time autodidact with a lifelong passion for poetry, philosophy, and linguistics. His works have been featured online at Thank you for Swallowing, Walking is Still Honest, and Indiana Voice Journal. His greatest influences are John Ashbery and William Carlos Williams, though he’s secretly quite fond of Shel Silverstein. More of his work can be found at

The Librarian

“The final book is closed,” she confesses

through cupped and quivering hands, hands

possessed of ancient force and fury.

But that force – that fury – drained

into a thin cup upon her fireplace mantle.

It brims,



anxious mist across the floor

of her emptied library corridor.


In all my times here, I’ve never seen this


before, the way it hangs

over her,

over her hearth,

disconnected and

alien, shaky

and unfamiliar,

pliable yet untouchable,

as if protected

in the vacuum

chamber of a bell jar.


It does not belong, but it’s not

what matters;

one cannot scratch a message

in the margin

when her books

her children

are closing,

checked out, unreturned,

some missing, some burned.


Not when you stand in the face

of the childhood librarian,

with no books

left for her care.


Kat Avila Katheryn is a programmer by day, writer by night. A lover of all things supernatural and helpless romantic at heart, she spends most of her writing time coming up with stories that incorporate at least one of the two. So far, she’s only published one book and a few short stories, but she intends to publish more work in the future. She lives with her boyfriend, Eric, and her puppy, Ada.

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